Vikings Come Up Short in GNAC Doubleheader vs. Western Oregon

March 10, 2018

Game 1 - Box Score | Game 2 - Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University softball team dropped a pair of games in Saturday's Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Viking Field.
In a rematch of last year's Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship game, Western Oregon defeated WWU 6-3 in the first game and completed the sweep with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. WWU defeated WOU 5-0 in the 2017 GNAC Championships title game to earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA II Championships.
The Wolves used a pair of complete-game pitching efforts to improve to 12-7 on the season and open GNAC play 2-0. WWU entered the game having won 6 of its last 8 games, but dropped both contests to fall to 6-11 on the season and leveled its record at 3-3 in league play.
WWU was narrowly out-hit in the two games, 17-16, and was led by a pair of three-hit performances by freshmen Kira Doan (2B, Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace) and Rylie Wales (1B, Snohomish, WA). Sophomore center fielder Jackie Lucido (San Jose, CA/Piedmont Hills) recorded a pair of RBI in the doubleheader to extend her team lead to 17 RBI on the season.
Sophomore Anna Kasner (Milton, WA/Fife) and junior Shearyna Labasan (Mililani, HI/Maryknoll) both recorded complete games in their starting roles in the circle, but both were saddled for the loss. Kasner struck out 11 in her loss, while Labasan recorded a season-high 7 strikeouts in the second game.
The Vikings continue GNAC play tomorrow hosting Concordia in a doubleheader that will start at noon at Viking Field. The game will be streamed live via
Game 1: WOU 6, WWU 3 Box Score | Game Book
The Wolves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning and pulled away with 3 runs in the top of the 5th in the 6-3 victory to open Saturday's doubleheader.
Right fielder Tyler Creach started the scoring with a 2-run triple to right-center field to stake the Wolves to the early lead.
After WOU jumped ahead 3-0 with a single tally on a Zoe Clark solo home run in the top of the 4th inning, WWU climbed to within one run with a 2-run bottom of the 4th inning. Jackie Lucido put the Vikings on the board with a run-scoring single through the right side of the infield and Kira Doan scored the second run on a double steal.
Western Oregon answered with the three runs in the top of the 5th inning to pull away. Third baseman Cheyanne Rimer plated a pair of runs with a two-out double to left field.
WWU senior right fielder Carlie Richards (Kennewick, WA/Kamiakin) brought the game to the final score of 6-3 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Starting pitcher Anna Kasner (2-6) was saddled with the loss allowing 7 hits and 6 runs in the complete-game effort. The 2017 GNAC co-Pitcher of the Year struck out 11 batters to match her season high and record her ninth career double-digit strikeout performance.
Kasner and Lucido both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Vikings 9-hit attack.
WOU junior starter Haley Fabian (3-3) earned the win allowing 9 hits and 3 runs (2 ER) in the complete game. Left fielder Kennedy Coy was the lone Wolf with a multi-hit game going 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored.
Western Oregon 6, Western Washington 3 (March 10, 2018 at Bellingham, WA)
Western Oregon...... 002 130 0 -  6  7  1      (11-7, 1-0 GNAC)
Western Washington.. 000 210 0 -  3  9  2      (6-10, 3-2 GNAC)
Western Oregon - Fabian and Deleon
Western Washington - Kasner andHardy
Win-Fabian (3-3)  Loss-Kasner (2-6)  T-2:06  A-0
HR WOU - Clark (1)
Game 2: WOU, 4, WWU 3  Box Score | Game Book
Western Oregon completed the sweep with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
WWU held a 3-2 lead heading into the 6th inning, but WOU catcher Nicole Miller drilled a 2-out, 2-run home run to straightway center field on a first-pitch offering from Shearyna Labasan to give the Wolves all the runs they would need for the comeback win.
The Vikings broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 5th inning when Labasan scored on a wild pitch.
Labasan (4-4) had her personal 4-game winning streak snapped with the loss, allowing 10 hits and 4 runs while going the distance. She struck out a season-high 7 batters and issued one walk.
Second baseman Kira Doan and first baseman Rylie Wales each went 2-for-3 to lead the Vikings at the plate. Sophomore shortstop Paityn Cyr (Mount Vernon, WA) recorded WWU's lone extra-base hit in the game with a leadoff double in the 4th inning.
WOU starter Lizzet Dominguez improved to 5-1 on the season allowing 7 hits and 3 runs (2 ER) in her complete-game effort.
Second baseman Ryanne Huffman (2-for-4, R), right fielder Zoe Clark (2-for-4) and shortstop Sydney Bowers (2-for-3, RBI) all recorded multi-hit games for the Wolves.
Western Oregon 4, Western Washington 3 (March 10, 2018 at Bellingham, WA)
Western Oregon...... 000 202 0 -  4 10  1      (12-7, 2-0 GNAC)
Western Washington.. 010 110 0 -  3  7  0      (6-11, 3-3 GNAC)
Western Oregon - Dominguez and Miller
Western Washington - Labasan and Hardy
Win-Dominguez (5-1)  Loss-Labasan (4-4)  T-1:37  A-178
HR WOU - Miller (3)

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